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The University Magazine

College Alumni Relations

University Magazine - Fall 2008 Image

From left are Jim Sewell ’79, Scott Bedford ’01, ’02, Nicole Welsh ’02, Howard Kaneff ’51 and Jared Unterborn ’03 at a CIAS alumni event that took place at John’s Pizzeria in New York City in January. (Photo by Debra Rothenberg ’83, ’84)

University Magazine - Fall 2008 Image

KGCOE’s Distinguished Alumna, Britta MacIntosh ’89, chats with Dean Harvy Palmer at the awards dinner.

University Magazine - Fall 2008 Image

In May, more than 150 members of the GCCIS Class of 2008 gathered for the college’s first ice cream social.

University Magazine - Fall 2008 Image

The GCCIS student chapter of the Society of Software Engineers hosted the first picnic for alumni and students in May.

With programs, events, and communications tailored to your interests, your college’s alumni relations program is designed for you. Take a look below at what your college has hosted in the recent past, plan on participating in upcoming events and be sure to explore your college’s online community pages where you can read and submit class notes, engage in discussions about your professional field or other areas of interest, search for friends from your past and make professional connections for your future.

For a complete and up-to-date calendar of alumni events for your college or department, visit your college’s online community pages often. Have ideas for an activity in your area? Eager to get involved? Contact your college alumni relations officer!

College of Applied Science and Technology

Online Community: www.rit.edu/alumni/ca
Catherine Bement ’89; 585-475-4975, catherine.bement@rit.edu

Recent activities: Congratulations new graduates and welcome to the Alumni Association! Another Commencement has passed and CAST added nearly 800 graduates to its alumni population of 31,000, which is the largest of any college at RIT. Also in May, ECTET held its annual senior class toast and CETEMS held its annual golf tournament. In April, the college honored Paul Carr ’75 as recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies honored Bob Steele ’00 with the Heritage Alumni Award, Gowtham Vasudevamurthy ’07 with the Trailblazer Alumni Award, and Christine Maggio with the Student Achievement Award.

Coming up: Pack Expo Reception, Chicago, at Dave & Buster’s, Nov. 10. Visit the Online Community to register.

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

Online Community: www.rit.edu/alumni/cias
Ron Goldberg ’99, ’00; 585-475-3112, ron.goldberg@rit.edu

Recent activities: Springtime for College of Imaging Arts and Science alumni was busy! In April, alumni from across the country attending the National Association of Broadcasters Show enjoyed an exclusive reception at Bally’s Las Vegas.

In May, the annual Big Shot drew a crowd of over 600 people to Schoen Place in Pittsford, N.Y. (see story). Following the Big Shot, alumni spent time with family, friends, faculty and staff at Aladdin’s Restaurant overlooking the Erie Canal.

Coming up: PhotoPlus Alumni Reception, New York City, Oct. 24, 2008; Graph Expo Alumni Reception at McCormick Place, Chicago, Oct. 27, 2008.

College of Liberal Arts

Online Community: www.rit.edu/alumni/cola
Kerri Lehmbeck; 585-475-4283, kerri.lehmbeck@rit.edu

Recent activities: The college hosted several events, including a day trip to Toronto to watch the Blue Jays take on the Boston Red Sox on April 6, a dinner at Chesterfield’s Restaurant in Utica, N.Y., on April 17 and a winery tour in the Finger Lakes region on April 26. On April 11, the college honored Karen Benjamin ’93 with the College of Liberal Arts 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award. In May, the college held its traditional class toast and more than 75 graduating students, faculty and staff were on hand to celebrate. Congratulations to all of the 2008 graduates and welcome to the Alumni Association!

On June 7, alumni and their families walked in the footsteps of weary travelers seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad Tour in downtown Rochester, and on June 19 Susan Barnes (Communication Department) and Neil Hair (E. Philips Saunders College of Business) discussed the world of social networking in the realm of Web 2.0 as it relates to one’s career with a group of alumni at Bamba Bistro Restaurant in Rochester.

College of Science

Online Community: www.rit.edu/alumni/cos
Kerri Lehmbeck; 585-475-4283, kerri.lehmbeck@rit.edu

Recent activities: College of Science alumni enjoyed numerous activities throughout spring and into summer, including a day trip to Toronto to watch the Blue Jays take on the Boston Red Sox and a dinner at Chesterfield’s Restaurant in Utica, N.Y. in April. On April 11, the college honored Kathryn Hill ’78 with the College of Science 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester. In May, the college held an ice cream social to congratulate graduating seniors. More than 200 students, faculty and staff from the college enjoyed a sweet treat served by faculty members. Congratulations to all graduates and welcome to the Alumni Association! On June 1, 30 Center for Imaging Science alumni in D.C. gathered for the second annual CIS alumni networking event at the Tysons Corner Marriot.

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Online Community: www.rit.edu/alumni/gccis
Tandra Miller; 585-475-6908, tandra.miller@rit.edu

Recent activities: On April 11, David L. Wagner ’86 was honored with the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award at a dinner held at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester. On April 28, sixteen of the more than 270 guests at the third annual Women’s Career Achievement Dinner were Golisano College representatives, including our special representative, Debra Hogan ’79. The Society of Software Engineers student organization hosted their first alumni and student picnic on May 17 in Rochester’s Genesee Valley Park, bringing together 35 alumni and students; later in the month more than 150 graduating students celebrated at the first-ever GCCIS Ice Cream Social. in June, New York City-area alumni networked over pizza and beer at John’s Pizzeria.

Coming up: The 2008-2009 Dean’s Lecture Series kicks off Sep. 26; North Carolina Alumni Gathering (date to be determined); Digital Rochester Professional Networking Event, Oct. 7.

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Online Community: www.rit.edu/alumni/kgcoe
Jasmine Seavey, 585-475-5045, jasmine.seavey@rit.edu

Recent activities: Spring was a busy time for KGCOE. Britta I. MacIntosh ’89 was named the 2008 KGCOE Distinguished Alumna and Emily Cole ’03 was honored at the 2008 Women’s Career Achievement Dinner. The Imagine RIT Innovation + Creativity Festival took place on campus May 3 and the KGCOE buildings were filled with student works and exhibits. We welcomed the newest class of graduates into the Alumni Association over Memorial Day weekend and wish all the best of luck in their endeavors.

Coming up: The popular Dean’s Alumni Speaker’s Series continues this fall. At Brick City Homecoming, stop by the KGCOE hospitality room and visit with retired faculty and fellow alumni. Remember to register for the President’s Alumni Ball. Contact Jasmine Seavey to add your name to the list for KGCOE to host a corporate lunch at your work place.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Online community: www.rit.edu/alumni/ntid
Matthew Driscoll SVP ’90, ’94, 585-475-6408, matthew.driscoll@ntid.rit.edu

Recent activities: Variety was the spice of life for NTID alumni throughout spring and summer! We crossed the country, hosting alumni chapters events in California, Texas, Florida and Ohio; attended an Ultimate Fight Championship event featuring UFC star Matt Hamill ’99; and hosted a wine and cheese reception in Washington, D.C.  Closer to home, we played host to an RIT Hockey Night at Ritter Arena; a summer picnic at Buckland Park in Rochester; NTID-related events during the Imagine RIT Festival; and special first-ever gatherings for alumni of the American Sign Language-English Interpretation (ASLIE) and Master of Science in Secondary Education for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing programs (MSSE).

For three days in June, hundreds of alumni and their families gathered on campus to attend NTID’s 40th Anniversary Reunion. The event began with a golf tournament and ended with the recognition of NTID’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners from the past five years. In between, everyone had the opportunity to “Remember, Rediscover and Reconnect” with fellow alumni, families and friends.

Coming up: Future events include Brick City Homecoming activities and social events hosted by alumni chapters throughout the country. 

E. Philip Saunders College of Business

Online Community: www.rit.edu/alumni/scb
Megan Cheever, 585-475-2354, mcheever@saunders.rit.edu

Recent activities: April brought the Saunders College Dean’s Receptions with Dean Ashok Rao to Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y. The College also celebrated Susan J. Riley ’81 as the Saunders College 2008 Distinguished Alumna and honored Lynn Sullivan’88 at our Women’s Career Achievement Dinner. As spring came to campus in May so did our inaugural Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. Many exciting and interactive exhibits were featured in Saunders, drawing thousands of alumni and community members.

At the end of the month the college welcomed more than 400 new alumni into the Saunders College Alumni Association at Commencement on May 23. In June, alumni gathered at Cobblestone Creek Country Club in Victor, N.Y. for the 10th annual Saunders College Alumni Golf Tournament for a hot day of networking and fun